School district increases safety and reduces its carbon footprint

Rock Hill Schools deployed Axis low light surveillance cameras for a “campus blackout” strategy to deter vandalism and save energy

“The system that had the best crime-deterring capability was also very good with sustainability. Safety is first but efficiency is also very important for the taxpayer.” Anthony Cox, Deputy Superintendent, Rock Hill, S.C., Schools.


Rock Hill Schools was looking to upgrade its video surveillance system while aligning with its efforts to reduce energy consumption. Sustainability is an important part of the overall strategy at Rock Hill because it not only saves taxpayer money, but also reduces the school system’s carbon footprint. A team of Rock Hill administrators determined that a “campus blackout” approach was effective in deterring crime and saving energy. However, the quality of traditional video footage on a dark campus can be an issue and decrease the effectiveness of identifying perpetrators.


Rock Hill looked at Axis Lightfinder technology that enables video cameras to produce high-resolution, color images in extremely low light. The vast noise reduction capability of Lightfinder delivers sharp, clear, color images in as little light as 0.18 lux (and sometimes less). In environments with the most challenging light conditions, the team turned to IP cameras with Axis OptimizedIR technology. This technology provides clear images in near complete darkness without additional light sources, which would reveal the camera’s field of view to potential intruders and require additional electricity.


Rock Hill maintains its “campus blackout” approach without sacrificing safety and security. In fact, the security of the school buildings has been enhanced, with a lower number of incidents reported. At the same time, the school district experienced significant electrical savings.

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